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Student Activities | College Catalog

The student activities offered at Bridgewater College enrich the students’ overall college experience. Students are able to engage in activities that are of interest to them, gain valuable leadership experience and learn important skills related to working with groups and individuals.

Student Government

The student government is organized into the administrative, legislative and judicial branches. Through its president and appointed student members of college committees, students are involved in many aspects of College operations. The Student Senate, an organization of students elected by the four classes, serves as the basic policy-making authority of the student body. The Senate must approve the student body president’s appointments; may override the student body president’s vetoes; may conduct impeachment proceedings against student government officials; determines guidelines for all activities of the Student Senate, the committee chairs and the Honor Council; and allocates funds to various student groups. Through the student government, an individual student has the opportunity to fulfill the role of a voting citizen in a community of more than 1,900 citizens, to help mold student opinion, to cooperate with the faculty in interpreting College traditions, to direct the Honor System and to serve as a citizen in relation to a general governing body for many student co-curricular activities.

Honor Council

The Honor Council, the judicial branch of the student government, hears cases involving alleged violations of the Code of Honor. The Code prohibits cheating, stealing and lying in regard to academic matters, lying during Honor Council proceedings and failing to report or confront known violators of the Code of Honor. The Council is composed of nine students appointed by the student body president.

They serve from the time they are appointed until graduation, resignation or impeachment. A chairperson, appointed from within the council members by the student body president, oversees each case of alleged infractions. Refer to The Eagle handbook for additional guidelines.

The Eagle

The Eagle (bridgewater.edu/files/EagleStudentHandbook.pdf), the student handbook, is a resource which outlines College policies, support services, important student information and a detailed description of all student organizations. Additionally, the “Constitution of the Student Government” and the detailed regulations under which it operates are set forth in The Eagle.

Eagle Productions

Eagle Productions is the programming board that plans and implements night and weekend activities for students. The group seeks to provide a diverse and comprehensive program of activities for the whole campus such as comedians, musicians, game shows and so much more. Eagle Productions also provides leadership development for its members. This group works with an advisor to plan and implement a creative program of night and weekend events on campus.

Spirit Team

The Spirit Team is a group that encourages school spirit. This team is focused on Ernie the Eagle and consists of mascots and mascot handlers. Mascots and handlers have monthly practices and attend various Bridgewater community activities. This group is run through the Student Activities office.

Student Clubs

Student clubs include the following: Active Minds, Alpha Phi Omega (service organization), BC Allies, BC Athletic Training Student Association, BC Chemistry Club, BC Computing Club, BC Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, BC Family and Consumer Sciences Student Union, BC Ultimate Club, BC Voice (student media organization), Black Student Association, Brethren Student Movement, Bridgewater College Chapter of New Community Project, Bridgewater College Republicans, Bushido, CRU (Cam-pus Crusade for Christ), Catholic Campus Ministry, Comitatus, Comm Club, Creative Writing Club, Dialogue Club, Disc Golf, Diversity League, Eagle Productions, Eco-Action Club, Equestrian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fly Fishing Club, Future Educators of Bridgewater College, Games Club, Habitat for Humanity, HEAL Club, In-Step Dance Club, Interfaith Association, Knitting Club, Lend A Paw, Muslim Student Association, Otaku, Physics Club, Pinion Players, Pre-Health Society, Pre-Law Society, Public History Club, Residence Hall Association, Ski and Snowboard Club, Society for Human Resource Management, Spike Ball Club, Student Senate, Student Support Foundation, World Languages Club, Wrestling Club, BC Commuters and Young Americans for Liberty.

Student Organizations

Student organizations include the following: A Capella Choir, BC Interfaith Board, BC Spiritual Life Board, Chorale, Church Travel Teams, Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, Handbell Choir, Interdistrict Youth Cabinet, Jazz Ensemble, National Association for Music Education, Oratorio Choir, Soar Mentors, Pep Band, Step Up, Speak Up!, Student Ambassadors, Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Symphonic Band.

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi, Alpha Psi Omega, Beta Beta Beta, Delta Sigma Rho Tau Kappa Alpha, Lambda Pi Eta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta and Philomathes Society.

Student Publications

Through BC Voice, the student media organization, students write, edit and publish Veritas, the campus newspaper, and produce podcasts and other forms of media.

The Philomathean is a journal of student papers, essays, short stories, poems and visual art published each year by Bridgewater College. “Philomathean” means love of, or devotion to, learning; the Philomathean reflects this ideal by recognizing and honoring student creativity and scholarship. A student may submit on his or her own initiative work produced for a course, or faculty members may recommend a student’s work to a faculty editorial board that selects the contributions to be included in the publication.

Music

Bridgewater College recognizes the importance of music, not only as a part of the curriculum of a liberal arts college, but also as a vital part of campus life. The following ensembles and opportunities are active participants in the musical life of Bridgewater College.

Chorale Ensembles: The Concert Choir, Bridgewater’s largest choral ensemble, is open to all students without audition. Concert Choir participates in many concerts every semester and serves as Bridgewater’s ceremonial chorus, singing for several important campus events each year. Concert Choir often collaborates with other ensembles to perform major choral works representing many musical eras. The Chorale, Bridgewater’s auditioned chamber choir, maintains

an active performance schedule both on and off campus. Together with Bridgewater’s Jazz Ensemble, Chorale tours regionally during spring semester. Chorale has also toured internationally, with performances in Canada, China, and England. Bridgewater also offers several extracurricular choral ensembles, including the Gospel Choir and two a cappella groups, Chordially Yours and the A Cappella Fellas.

Instrumental Ensembles: The Symphonic Band is open to all students without audition and performs several concerts every semester. The Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble and maintains an active performance schedule both on and off campus. The Screamin’ Eagles Pep Band brings spirit to athletic events including football games in the fall and basketball games in the spring. Small chamber ensembles are offered every semester including Chamber Strings,

Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Handbells and other small woodwind and brass ensembles.

Applied lessons for credit are available in piano, organ, voice, guitar, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments.

For more details, contact Dr. Christine Carrillo, associate professor of music.

Theatre

Theatre at Bridgewater College produces two major works each year. These productions are chosen to enhance the academic experience of direct course work, as well as to respond to and reflect upon social, cultural and political issues. Theatrical production develops student talent while offering the College community the opportunity to experience a wide array of theatre genres. Additionally, theatrical production suggests to students the opportunities offered in the field of theatre.

The student-run theatre organization, the Pinion Players, provides students with co-curricular opportunities to participate in all aspects of theatrical production, from directing and acting to designing and playwriting. Activities vary yearly, are driven by student interest, and may include full-length plays, touring children’s theatre productions, staged readings of student written work, and a student-directed one-act festival.

Intramurals

The intramural office provides a program of recreational activities for students, faculty and staff that encourages participation and provides challenging competition, healthy exercise and good sportsmanship. A complete list of intramural programs is available on MyBC at mybc.bridgewater.edu/student-life/intramurals.

Also, check out the Funkhouser Center on MyBC at mybc.bridgewater.edu/campus information/Funkhouser Center for fitness class information and hours of operation.

Outdoor Programs

Bridgewater College is committed to providing fun-filled, educational and challenging adventures to all members of the BC community regardless of skill level. The Outdoor Program sponsors trips for BC students, which include indoor and outdoor rock climbing, hiking, skeet shooting, white water rafting, caving, paintball and camping.